Ralph Wilson Stadium - As the Bills returned to practice Wednesday, they insisted they've got their eye on the target--the Cincinnati Bengals. Running back Fred Jackson says the team remains focused.
But Jackson also wants a new contract from the Bills, something he's been talking about for weeks. And so far, he's heard nothing back from the team.
"Still haven't heard anything, so hopefully something gets done,” Jackson told News 4 Sports. “I'll continue to show what I can do on the field, and hopefully get rewarded for it. So, we'll see what happens."
Jackson would like something to happen on his contract soon.
His current base salary is 1-ponit-75-million dollars this year, the third year of his four year deal. His agent says Jackson's salary ranks 24th on the Bills roster, .and among NFL running backs, his salary ranks 42nd.
"It's something like that--something around there,” he says. “That's why I would like something done about it this year. Something that's fair to both me and the team. Hopefully, something gets done. I'll keep working; I'll keep showing that I'm someone they can rely on."
From the Bills perspective, they just re-signed Fred Jackson two years ago and he's signed through the 2012 season. And there's this--Jackson turned 30-years old back in February. In the NFL, it's not considered good business to give big contracts to running backs after they turn 30.
"That may have something to do with it,” Jackson admits. “But like I said, I'm gonna continue to show what I can do on the field. I still feel like I can make a lot of plays. I don't feel like I've aged at all. I'll go out and continue to play well as long as I'm given the opportunity."
And Jackson says he'll play hard while he waits for a new deal. He figures his actions on the field speak much louder than any words.
"That's how I'm approaching it. I'll show you what I can do. That's how I've always tried to approach it. I'll keep approaching it like that, and hopefully something gets done."
Jackson has scored three rushing touchdowns already this year, and he’s averaging 6.4 yards per carry.